• Articles
    • Views
    CONTRIBUTOR

    Melissa Brinks

    Melissa Brinks is a freelance writer and co-creator of the Fake Geek Girls podcast. She has an affinity for cats, cooking, gardening, and investing copious hours of her life in fictional worlds of all kinds.

Author's Posts

  • Love in the Age of Dragons: Unpacking the Romance Systems of Dragon Age

    Love in the Age of Dragons: Unpacking the Romance Systems of Dragon Age2

    • December 7, 2015

    Gamers are an opinionated fan niche. Whether it’s your preferred system or whether you like a twist of romance in your stories, conversations about games can turn from mild disagreements to name-calling no matter the topic. Dreadfully serious folks sometimes find romance plots to be a distraction from “real gaming,” whatever that means, while other

    READ MORE
  • My First Game: Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt

    My First Game: Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt0

    • November 13, 2015

    I have always loved stories. That’s one of the things that keeps me playing video games—this unique medium can tell stories in ways no other medium can, with choices to be made, diverging paths, and deep personal investment thanks to immersion. It’s an evolution of the medium that continues to amaze me as more and

    READ MORE
  • Why I Game: Traits to Aspire To

    Why I Game: Traits to Aspire To1

    For a long time, I didn’t play many games. I didn’t grow up with enough expendable income to afford a large game library, and spent much of my childhood playing and replaying the few NES and Super Nintendo games I had—Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong Country, and movie tie-ins of Toy Story and The Lion

    READ MORE